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ABCA 2016 Pre-season Poll:
« on: January 04, 2016, 10:53:38 am »
Never been a fan of this poll as it is usually a recycle of the final 2015 poll, but it is a place to start the 2016 talk. (Central Region teams in BOLD)

Rank   Team (2015 Final Record)   Points
  1.   Cortland St., NY (45-4)   273
  2.   Wisc.-La Crosse (36-16)   270
  3.   Emory, GA (31-15)   269
  4.   Salisbury, MD (33-6-1)   265
  5.   Webster, MO (34-15)   260
  6.   Kean, NJ (35-12)   258
  7.   Rhodes, TN (33-13)   255
  8.   Southern Maine (32-15)   252
  9.   Birmingham So., AL (37-12)   250
10.   Linfield, OR (33-15)   247
11.   Wisc.-Whitewater (35-11)   246
12.   Wartburg, IA (33-14)   245
13.   Marietta, OH (29-18)   243
14.   Wisc.-Stevens Point (33-14)   241
15.   Shenandoah, VA (28-10-1)   240
16.   Pacific Lutheran, WA (32-14)   238
17.   Methodist, NC (32-10)   235
18.   Heidelberg, OH (33-14)   231
19.   Baldwin Wallace, OH (31-12)   229
20.   Texas-Tyler (34-12)   226
21.   Wooster, OH (36-9)   221
22.   Cal. Lutheran (32-12)   218
23.   Concordia Texas (31-12)   216
24.   Johns Hopkins, MD (30-13-1)   213
25.   Carthage, WI (30-15)   210
26.   Concordia-Chicago, IL (33-15)   208
27.   Trinity, TX (40-14)   206
28.   Frostburg St. (43-9)   203
29.   Mary Washington, VA (27-7)   201
30.   Alvernia, PA (35-14)   200
31.   Oswego St., NY (27-13)   198
32.   Randolph-Macon, VA (26-10)   197
33.   Amherst, MA (27-15)   196
34.   Misericordia, PA (31-13)   192
35.   Ramapo, NJ (33-16)   186
36.   Coe, IA (34-14)   183
37.   Ithaca, NY (20-14)   180
38.   Keystone, PA (33-14)   177
39.   Stevens Institute, NJ (29-14)   175
40.   Pomona-Pitzer, CA (28-13)   172
Also Receiving Votes: Whitworth, Washington-St. Louis, Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., Adrian, Millsaps, Wesleyan (CT), Massachusetts Inst. of Technology, La Roche, Redlands, Bethel, Tufts, Endicott, Eastern Connecticut St., Salem St., St. Thomas (MN), SUNY Old Westbury, Saint Johnís (MN), Pittsburgh-Greensburg, Chapman, Rutgers-Camden, Scranton, DeSales, Rose-Hulman, St. John Fisher, Salve Regina, UMass-Boston, Rowan, Maryville, Rochester, Buena Vista.
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Re: ABCA 2016 Pre-season Poll:
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2016, 11:33:55 am »
Without looking too much into it, the one ranking that catches my eye the most is Trinity (TX) at 27.  I know they re losing some of their pitching but they seem to be pretty loaded with returners that took them to a 3rd place finish at the WS.

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Re: ABCA 2016 Pre-season Poll:
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2016, 12:59:10 am »
Without looking too much into it, the one ranking that catches my eye the most is Trinity (TX) at 27.  I know they re losing some of their pitching but they seem to be pretty loaded with returners that took them to a 3rd place finish at the WS.

Frostburg and Ramapo also were dinged.  I know it is unlikely that Frostburg will have the same magic but quite a drop nevertheless.

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Re: ABCA 2016 Pre-season Poll:
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2016, 08:52:59 am »
At the D3 level, so much of it is a crap-shoot as most of the incoming recruits are kids we have never heard of and were off the national-recruiting radar. While it is usually safe to "recycle" the top 20 programs into the top 30 every year with a few "educated" guesses, much of what we all know is regionally based resulting from kids we know or have actually seen play. I have some ideas of who will be a threat this season, but I doubt our hunches would get much support outside of our own local regions.

By the way, I really like Bethel in 2016 in the Midwest region as a team to keep an eye on.
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